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Forty-five cars will start round two of the NSW Rally Championship, the Caves Classic Rally, around Oberon this Saturday. Following the first round of the series in Batemans Bay at the start of July, Tom Clarke will lead the field away in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, and is the pre-event favourite. The deceptively fast front-wheel drive Citroen DS3 of Tony Sullens has been seeded second, followed by Justin Griffin (Toyota Corolla), Andrew Penny (Subaru WRX) and Tim Joass (Lancer Evo 2). 2017 Australian Rally Champion, Nathan Quinn, has switched back to his Alpine Rally-winning Mazda RX2, following his accident in a Lancer Evo X at the Buladelah Rally. Co-driver Ray Winwood-Smith has recovered from his injuries and will call the corners for Quinn once again. Bathurst's Ron Moore could be a dark horse for a top placing in his Lancer Evo 9, while spectators will lap up the sound of Mal Keough's Audi Quattro S1 replica. The rally is running both pacenote and route chart categories, but to be eligible for NSW Rally Championship points, crews need to use the route charts Young gun Taylor Gill will be contesting his first 'blind' rally. Gill finished an impressive 12th outright on his rallying debut at Batemans Bay and will be looking to build on his experience once more. The rear-wheel drive battle will be one to watch, with plenty of quality drivers and cars in the field. Andrew Travis (Nissan Gazelle), Michael Valantine (Datsun 1600), Ed Mulligan (Ford Escort) and Eoin Moynihan (Ford Escort) will all be ones to watch. The Midstate Freight Caves Classic Rally will be contested over nine special stages totalling 129km of competitive distance. The final two stages will be held in darkness. To follow the event, head to https://www.chrissport.nz/events/ The Caves Classic Rally entry list can be seen HERE.
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